Doomed Future of Music


We are doomed musically. Save your old cassettes, CDs and the few memories that you have of old music because it is downhill from here. download

I am working for 20 marks on this topic: Is old music better than todays? Or better put does nostalgia of not paying bills, scheduled nap time, washed well-pressed clothes and family trips paid by parents, etc make us consider the music we used to listen to then more beautiful than the new.

My simple answer would have been: music of today many of the lyrics have no real depth to them anymore either. Lots of mainstream artists don’t even write their own. The music is repetitive, and the lyrics sometimes involve swearing or the typical thought that every song has to be about love. Many of the lyrics have no real depth to them anymore either. Lots of mainstream artists don’t even write their own, etc.

But that would not be worth 20 marks would it?

Music is one manifestation of the human’s incessant need to communicate with his fellows, it expresses the inner states of one individual to another or that of a group to another group. While it is being performed, performer and listener share in this expression of feelings. We usually attempt to define what we call music in terms of the way it is manifested in our own particular culture.

I have a musical friend who shocked me by saying that our generation does not have bass singers. Apparently, it is hard to find a man who can sing bass, the most he can do is the tenor.  He even goes ahead and says that the bass can be removed from the notes and no one will notice. The days spent listening to Il Divo seem more blissful.

Think about how a particular mood is enhanced when we add music. When we feel good the music can make it feel even better. When we feel bad, the music can help to pull us into another frame of mind. At times the wrong music can even make the mood worse, sadder, more morose. Sometimes the sound of it, particularly when it’s not what we want to hear, can drive us almost mad. In any case, we can all accept that it has a powerful effect on us at times.

We cannot speak about our change of music without our change of communication, if we agree that music is one way we communicate as humans, then something must have changed. Some say it is the change or the assimilation of different cultures. Today, we have forces that seem to be working toward a globalization of musical tastes. Iif we look across cultures and even looking within any one, there still exist a great diversity of forms, styles, and traditions of music. Change has always been a factor in culture, but today, with the increasing effectiveness of media and communication, the world is saturated with cultural information and it is rare to find human societies that are even relatively untouched by it. Change brought about by contact between groups is part of the process by which culture evolves, adapts and accommodates

I  am not a declinist. Neither are my friends. But very much nostalgic. Because nostalgic experiences rarely reoccur, we are motivated to savor them by prolonging the time we reminisce about them.

My conclusion to answer all this change of music will be tied to who were are as individuals. Music has not changed, our way of communication has changed, we as people have changed. We chose not to listen to the songs we used to listen to. We want to be trendy by ditching what we loved just to fit in. It won’t hurt to listen to Beyonce’s Survivor if you don’t like the new…..mmmmhhh…… what’s her latest song called? (Someone update me) it is still out there.

 

We are second-hand people. We have lived on what we have been told, either guided by our inclinations, our tendencies, or compelled to accept by circumstances and environment. We are the result of all kinds of influences, and there is nothing new in us, nothing that we have discovered for ourselves: nothing original, pristine, clear. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Remember, Jesus loves you no matter your situation. He truely does. Trust Him.

Jo-

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New Waves New Tides


HELLO WORLD!!!!

I know it has been a while since you’ve heard from me.  I’ve been thinking about you, wanting for such a long time to reach out.  I just haven’t been quite sure until now, what I was going to say.
You see, I have been somewhat under the radar, having what I often describe cocooning
There has been so much that has been changing for me personally and professionally on a very deep level these past two-three months.  The shifts I’ve been experiencing are amazing and won’t trade them for anything. The new responsibilities have or rather are teaching me to re position and elevate my thoughts, ideas and everything else; this level of transformation takes on new immediacy and layers of meaning when it happens to you.
The truth is that I have felt like I have been trekking through the desert these past months, navigating shifting sands, going through an intensive period of introspection, consolidation, expansion and growth.

Whether you are a loyal or long term reader be sure of more information and consistency. As for my personal life/ life’s challenges, the major unexpected changes I have been going through, at last, make sense.

In the meanwhile, I just wanted to remind you how much it means to me that we are connected and I am just so excited for you to get to know more about natural hair, how to take care of it, and the healthy over length journey and over all growing and being steward of God’s gifts and talents.

As we move into this Month ( BIRTHDAY MONTH!!! ) August 6th. My message and wish for you is Joel 2: 23,25,26 and 27:

2So be happy, people of Zion.
    Be joyful in the Lord your God.
He is good and will give you rain.
    He will send the early rains and the late rains as before.
25 “I, the Lord, sent my army against you.
    The swarming locusts and the hopping locusts
    and the destroying locusts and the cutting locusts[a] ate everything you had.
But I will pay you back
    for those years of trouble.
26 Then you will have plenty to eat.
    You will be full.
You will praise the name of the Lord your God.
    He has done wonderful things for you.
My people will never again be ashamed.
27 You will know that I am with Israel.
    You will know that I am the Lord your God.
    There is no other God.
My people will never be ashamed again.”

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Something is in the water: Kendrick Lamar


“It gets even deeper than that for me. I could be talking all day about it.”

 Kendrick Lamar, this guy is my new obsession. Instead of studying for my coming exams. I am here, listening to his songs. Especially the song King Kunta. I think Mr. Lamar is a poet, that nigger can say things that make you think. Or not.

“It gets even deeper than that for me. I could be talking all day about it.”

So as any poet, there is always these behind the story, behind the words, behind the person, behind the tone, forward literal meaning,nothing is as as it should be. Maybe it’s because you were reading a certain book or anything. So it seems many want to say, Kendrick wrote the song after seeing or reading about Kunta Kinta. So I went ahead and googled Kunta Kinta.

Kunta is is a character in the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by  Alex Haley.

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So the story goes: One day some guy named Kunta was minding his own business searching for wood, then all of a sudden some men  who don’t respect other people’s hustle start chasing him. Kunta was taken captive and him and others were put on a slave ship.  So the ship sealed and sealed  all the way to North America. Kunta Keeps on minding his business and grinding ( we all know what happened to slaves……could write about it but who I’m i to say) So Kunta being a slave was suppose to be given a name, which they gave him,Toby, but as stubborn as he was rejected the name and stuck on his name and refused to talk to all those other slaves. As a man who was disturbed from wood picking, Kunta tries many times to escape. Four times! So four times was enough they gave him a choice between two: castration or cut off his right foot. He chose his foot ( well duh!) The one foot Kunta after many years, come to terms with reality that the firewood will never get to his mother in time and he resigned himself to his fate. So, Kunta got married and had a daughter Kizzy. Kizzy was sold to some other guys in North Carolina. One day, many years later she comes back home, only to find her dad had died and her mother was resold to another plantation. She goes to his grave, on the tomb was written Toby, she rubs that and writes his original name, Kunta Kinta.( Restore your fathers’honor people!) so the novel goes on and on to the generation of Alex Haley, the writer.

So, what I am trying to say, is an abstract art sometimes needs the original thinker to explain.When Kendrick mentions:

When you got the yams 
The yam is the power that be
You can smell it when I’m walking down the street
He could mean the real Yams, or using the slang for cocaine, women and all those things that makes a man fall. Or simply like a friend of mine did, he painted in his head a picture of people sitting on the edge of the grand canyon, such a nice view right? then he inserted that the couple sitting on that hood of the car talking, the slow wind breezing by were eating maize. Mahindi Choma! So, it can be that simple maybe, Kendrick just missed yams. Life can be that simple.

So back to Kendrick I would like to share a few things that makes you think from his songs:

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Have you ever opened up Exodus 14?
A humble man is all that we ever need
Tell me how much a dollar cost.- How Much a Dollar Cost

I remembered you was conflicted

Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same                                                                     Abusing my power full of resentment                                                                                           Resentment that turned into a deep depression                                                                          Found myself screamin’ in the hotel room                                                                                             I didn’t wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me                                                     So I went runnin’ for answers_ Alright

 

Would you say my intelligence now is great relief?
And it’s safe to say that our next generation maybe can sleep
With dreams of being a lawyer or doctor, instead of boy with a chopper_ M.A.A.D City

 

A rich nigga buy anything you sell him
A broke nigga believe anything that you tell him
Well I’m a broke nigga
But still I wouldn’t listen to you even if your hand was on a Bible quote,
Nigga_ Kendrick Lamar 

If I told you that a flower bloom
In a dark room would you trust it
I mean I write poems and then songs
Dedicated to you_ Poetic Justice

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“It gets even deeper than that for me. I could be talking all day about it.”